TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Representative Mark S. Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) was elected tonight by his legislative colleagues to serve as the next leader of the Florida House Democratic Caucus.
In an election held in The Florida Capitol, the 44-member House Democratic Caucus selected Pafford to hold the post of Democratic Speaker-designate. In effect, Pafford is now poised to succeed Rep. Perry Thurston as House Democratic Leader after the November 2014 general elections.
Pafford, 47, is a third-term lawmaker who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008. He presently serves as the House Democratic Policy Chair and previously held the post of Deputy Minority Whip. He serves Florida House District 86 in Palm Beach County.
A native of rural Miami-Dade County, Pafford is married to Tracy Pafford and has two children, Audrey and Brendan. A product of Florida’s public education system, Pafford graduated from Florida International University in 1988 with a degree in Public Administration.
Early in his professional career, Pafford worked as an interpretative nature guide for Metro-Dade Parks and Recreation, an extension of his lifelong love of Florida’s precious natural resources, which he has put to effect as a member of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. Representative Pafford is a vocal advocate for Everglades preservation and restoration, protection of lands vital to the endangered Florida panther and awareness of the dangers of sea level rise.
Representative Pafford has worked as both a congressional aide and a state legislative assistant. He has also worked at the local government level and for several area non-profits. His interest in these areas has been put to good use as he has served on a variety of House committees covering the areas of seniors, child welfare, healthcare, caregivers and local government.
For a photo gallery and additional information about Representative Pafford, visit his page on the Florida House of Representatives website at: REPRESENTATIVE MARK S. PAFFORD.
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CONTACT: Mark Hollis